Chatting With Ari

Pity is the depth

we feel when bad things happen

to other good folk


Fear we deeply feel

knowing bad things can happen

to good folk like us


Sympathy is the

bonding of pity and fear –

There – but for gods’ grace –


Catharsis is a

beneficial expulsion

from mind … or bowel.


“Have I got it right, mate?”


Cynthia Buell Thomas

from  Reflections on ‘Aristotle’s Poetics’

(a haiku string)







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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 26th Apr 2012 10:58

All credit to Aristotle for the wisdom; but the haiku is mine.

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Gus Jonsson

Wed 18th Apr 2012 10:57

Wise words as usual Cynthia...

... and as pointed as a needle!

Well done
love it

Gus x

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Melanie Rees

Sun 15th Apr 2012 20:17

Beautiful. I love the wit and wisdom of the words. xx

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Laura Taylor

Fri 13th Apr 2012 09:20

Interesting! Ari puts me in mind of Ari Up.

I really like that last line well against the mix-up of 'there but for the grace of god' phrase. The structure appears to be original and the bonding of pity/fear in the last verse works well.

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 13th Apr 2012 09:00

I really like this little piece Cynthia, its brevity is almost skeletal but conveys a lot.
Not sure about the last line. It both seems and looks out of context to me.
Best regards,


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